en Why Do Cats Bring Gifts to Their Owners? Do you have a cat that brings you special gifts? Some owners may receive offerings like their cat’s favorite toy, while other owners are the unlucky recipients of dead birds or rodents.
Why do cats bring gifts like these? And, is there anything a cat owner can do to stop this behavior?
To learn how to prevent your cat from bringing unwanted “gifts” into your house, it will help to understand the motivation behind this type of cat behavior.
Why Do Cats Bring Gifts?
This cat behavior can have a few different motivations behind it. You can start to understand your kitty’s gift-giving motivations by the type of items they offer.
Cats That Offer Toys as Gifts
Some cats may greet their owners in the morning or when they come home from work with one of their favorite toys. The motivation behind these types of gifts may be that your kitty is looking for some playtime.
Most owners find it difficult to resist giving their cat attention when they come sauntering over with a ball in their mouth. Try reserving some time each day to engage in play sessions that simulate hunting whenever it is that your cat usually brings you toys.
Cats That Bring Their Prey as Gifts
Cats are innate hunters and are instinctively attracted to quick moving objects. When a cat sees a small, furry or feathered animal moving about, such as a mouse or bird, she will most likely immediately crouch down and stare at it. She will probably even stalk and leap on the animal.
Each cat’s hunting ability varies due to their individual skills and experiences.
When a cat has successfully brought down her prey, she may play around with it or eat the entire animal or part of the body. Your cat may leave the body where she was when she lost interest in it, which means the owner may happen upon some unpleasant surprises.
Some cats may like to cache their kills in their favorite place in the house, and some vocalize while holding the dead prey in their mouth until the owner comes to check on them.
But why do they sometimes bring the prey to you as a gift?
Mothers will bring back dead or live prey to their kittens to teach them how to hunt. Some cats may have similar inclinations to share their prey with their owners. (Or secretly, I think that some cats may enjoy seeing the owners jump and scream when the mouse starts running around your feet.)
Usually, the owner tries to get the dead animal away from the cat and may inadvertently reinforce their cat’s behavior. If the cat is holding the dead bird, and the owner tosses her a toy or treat in order to get the cat to drop it, then the cat may learn to bring more prey to the owner in order to get more attention or rewards.
How Do I Stop My Cat From Bringing Prey Into the House?
There are a number of options you can try. The first would be to not allow your cat outside. 
She cannot kill the local wildlife if she has no access to them. If your cat has outdoor access, she will be more likely to hunt and kill small prey than an indoor cat.
Keeping your cat busy indoors will keep your cat entertained and help satisfy her urge to hunt. Try a food-filled cat puzzle toy to keep your cat occupied.
If your cat is very persistent about being allowed outside, then you can take her out on a cat harness and leash and supervise her the entire time.
Or, you can provide her with a window box or a catio (patio for your cat) so that she can enjoy the outdoors without actually going outside.
You can also just appreciate the fact that your cat likes to bring you items. It may not be items you enjoy, but it is the thought that counts.
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How Confidence-Building Exercises Can Help Timid Dogs Do you have a timid dog? Some dogs are born with a shy personality, while other dogs have had life experiences that have caused them to become fearful. Whatever the reason, there are ways that you can help your pup gain some confidence and feel more comfortable in their day-to-day life.
Where Does Fear Come From?
Between the ages of 7 and 14 weeks, puppies undergo what is known as the critical socialization period. This is the time period when part of the brain that builds associations is rapidly developing, and it is also the time when dogs can develop fears or phobias.
Many times, a dog develops fear because something happened during his critical socialization period that scared him. As a result, he may be conditioned to be fearful of that thing, or he may have become a timid or nervous dog in general.
These nervous or timid dogs can benefit from confidence-building exercises that can help to retrain their brain and remove the fear stigma attached to various situations or things.
How Do Confidence-Building Exercises Work for Dogs?
In canine behavior, confidence-building exercises are referred to as desensitization and counterconditioning training. The idea is that the exercises desensitize the dog to the fearful stimulant—whether it is strangers, children or loud percussive noises, like fireworks—so that the dog is no longer scared in the presence of these things.
At the same time, the counterconditioning exercises will help to establish a new behavioral response to the object of the dog’s fear. For example, if a dog is afraid of bicycles, then the exercises will be designed to help the dog stop being afraid by focusing on a different activity, like sitting politely.
How to Desensitize Your Dog to a Fear-Inducing Stimulus
The first secret is to find a training reward that your dog really, really likes and only use that during the confidence-building exercises. If it is dog treats, then the treats need to be able to be broken down into tiny bits that require minimal chewing.
The idea is to slowly reintroduce your dog to the stimulus that causes their fear at a far enough distance away to avoid eliciting a fear response. I call this, “training your dog under the freak-out threshold.”
The amount of space needed will vary for every dog; for some it is 20 feet, and for others, it may be a football-field length. If your dog is scared of a sound, such as fireworks, play a recording at a soft enough volume so that your dog isn’t scared.
To start, put your pup on a dog leash and, at a safe distance or volume—where your dog knows the scary thing is present but isn’t exhibiting any signs of fear—ask your dog to sit and pay attention. When your dog does, reward her lavishly and give praise.
If your dog is acting happy and confident, take one step toward the scary thing, or turn up the recording, and repeat the exercise. Repeat daily or twice daily, getting closer and closer to the scary thing with each repetition.
Your dog will start to build a positive association in his mind between the scary thing and his favorite thing, and pretty soon, your dog may automatically sit and look expectantly at you, waiting for a treat whenever the scary thing is present. 
If your dog exhibits any signs of fear, quit the exercise and try again the next day at a greater distance from the scary thing. If you can’t even start training confidence building because your dog is too shy, nervous, timid or fearful, then you may consider enlisting the help of a dog behaviorist.
Just remember, your dog needs your compassion and patience. It takes a lot of courage for dogs to work through their nervousness issues, and they will need your support. It is also important that you remain calm and relaxed, as your dog will look to you for emotional guidance and cues.
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Why Do Dogs Bring You Their Toys to Greet You? Each time you come home, it is heartwarming to be greeted enthusiastically by your dog at the door. And each dog’s greeting ritual is unique—some dogs might wag their tail and lick their owners, and other might jump on their owners or whine or bark at them in greeting.
One of the more quirky greetings is when a dog greets you with his favorite toy in his mouth. If you have a dog that likes to offer dog toys to you upon your arrival home, you may wonder why.
The answer may be a bit complicated because different dogs have different motivations for bringing a toy to the door. Here are three of the most common reasons.
Your Dog Wants to Play
While you were busy at work or running errands, your dog was home snoozing the day away, because there’s really not much else to do while you are gone. That’s why when you come home, it can very well be the highlight of his day.
This excitement can sometimes last for the rest of the night, or your pup may just have an initial bout of energy right when you get home.
For some dogs, this excitement can stem from wanting some playtime with you, especially if you typically play with your dog right away when you return.
It doesn’t take very long for a dog to learn that it’s playtime when you return home. When your dog brings you a toy, it is his way of saying, “Come play with me!”
Most owners provide their dogs with a variety of dog toys that engage them in different ways for mental and physical stimulation.
The toy your pup chooses to present to you may be a toy that you use most often to play with him. If you like this greeting behavior, keep on playing with him when you return home.
Your Dog Wants to Show Their Toy Off
Some dogs may present their favorite dog toy to their owners but not necessarily want to play right at that moment. They will prance in front of you and appear to “show off” their toy, then retreat whenever you reach for the toy.
So you may be wondering, if they don’t want to give up their precious toy, then why would they bring it up to me? Well, how do you respond to this behavior? If you start talking to him and giving him extra attention, he may enjoy that type of engagement.
These dogs may have learned that their owners give them more attention when they hold something in their mouth, and they like the undivided attention they get when they show off their favorite toy.
It could also be that some dogs think of it as a game of keep-away. Regardless of the dog’s motivation, he got what he wanted: YOU interacting with him.
Your Excitable Dog Needs a Distraction
For dogs that exhibit a lot of excitable behavior, such as barking or nipping, you may encourage them to go get a toy to redirect their exuberant behavior. Or, you may give your dog a toy as soon as you step through the door to keep your dog’s mouth busy.
This is a good solution for dogs that get overexcited and cannot control themselves. It is difficult for a dog to bark and nip when they are holding an item in their mouth.
After numerous repetitions, a dog can learn to grab a dog toy right away when he hears his owner at the door. Instead of forcing the dog to sit still, we can give them a different outlet for their energy.
So you may have inadvertently started this ritual toy offering, and now your pup has learned it.
From a simple tail wag to offering favorite toys, every dog has a different greeting style. And some just happen to be toy bringers!
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Could Dogs Survive in a World Without Humans? We love our dogs and cherish them as family members. We take them to the veterinarian’s office when they’re sick, buy them creature comforts and willingly pick up their poop. We’ve also become connected with our dogs on such a deep emotional level that it can be hard to imagine our lives without them.
When was the last time, though, that you considered whether dogs could live without us? Could our dogs survive without us providing them with food, shelter and love? Could they make it on their own in a world without humans?
To consider these questions, let’s first take a brief history lesson on dog domestication.
When and How Were Dogs Domesticated?
Dog domestication was an extremely important turning point in human history. However, there’s scientific debate on exactly when that domestication began; estimates range from about 10,000 to nearly 40,000 years ago.
It’s even suspected that dogs were domesticated twice—in Asia and in Europe. So, the time point at which the first domesticated dog came onto the scene is still not conclusively known.
In addition, multiple theories exist on how dog domestication happened. One theory is that early humans captured and raised wolf pups, eventually domesticating them. Another theory, known as “survival of the friendliest,” suggests that wolves domesticated themselves when early humans were hunter-gatherers.
What’s clear is that domestic dogs have been around humans for a long time. In this time, dogs have become highly skilled at understanding and interpreting human behavior.
Numerous studies have demonstrated just how attuned dogs can be to our emotions, facial expressions and daily routines. Therefore, it’s no surprise that our dogs know when we’re sad or anxious and can respond to us according to the tone of our voice or our body language.
What Would Dogs Do Without Us?
Domestication has led dogs to become dependent on humans for pretty much everything. They look to us to feed them, walk them, protect them and care for them when they’re sick. So, could they really survive in a world without humans? What would this world look like for dogs if all humans disappeared?
You could imagine that a world without humans would be pretty disorienting for a domestic dog—No more dog beds, food bowls, leashes, squeaky dog toys or belly rubs. No more obedience training, doggy play dates or trips to the vet’s office.
Essentially, dogs would be faced with a world in which they would have to completely fend for themselves to eat, stay safe and ultimately survive.
It’s likely that, with time, dogs would learn to adjust, survive and potentially thrive in a world without us. Besides, nearly 80 percent of the world’s dogs today are free-ranging; therefore, not having humans around wouldn’t matter much to most dogs.
Dogs Would Need New Survival Skills
Surviving without humans would require having some survival skills, such as forming relationships and alliances with other animals (even cats!), having an independent personality, being street-savvy, being able to rapidly adapt to changing conditions, and having a willingness to take some risks.
Size might matter, too: medium- to large-breed dogs could fare better than teacup-size dogs (like Shih Tzus) or giant breed dogs (like Great Danes).
Interbreeding With Other Animals Is Likely
Interbreeding with other animals, particularly coyotes and wolves, would also be important for dogs’ survival in a world without humans. Such interbreeding would produce offspring that could survive and thrive without humans and thus pass on survival genes to future generations.
Finding Shelter Would Be Trial-and-Error
Without human shelters, dogs would need to find places to live, such as burrows, that would provide natural protection from predators. This would take some trial-and-error as the dogs adjust to their new environment and develop their survival skills.
With all of the adjustments and skills required to survive in a world without humans, it’s possible that not all domestic dogs would be able to adapt. But those able to adapt would learn how to survive and even thrive in their new environment.
Let’s hope, though, that our best friends will not have to experience life without us any time soon.
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Thogersen Family Farm Recalls Raw Frozen Ground Pet Food (Rabbit; Duck; Llama; Pork) Due to Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk Company: Thogersen Family Farm
Brand Name: Thogersen Family Farm Raw Frozen Ground Pet Food
Recall Date: 4/4/2019
Product: Thogersen Family Farm Raw Frozen Ground Pet Food (Rabbit; Duck: Llama; Pork)
Recalled product labels did not contain any lot identification, batch codes, or expiration dates.
Products were packaged in two pound flattened, rectangular clear plastic packages and stored frozen. The front of the package contains one large white square label with the company name, product type and weight.
Thogersen Family Farm stated the affected products were either sold to individual customers or two retail establishments that have been notified. Some of the product has not been distributed and held at the manufacturing location.
Reason for Recall:
Thogersen Family Farm of Stanwood, WA is voluntarily recalling raw frozen ground pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The following varieties, packaged in two pound packs, are included in this recall: course ground rabbit, course ground mallard duck, ground llama and ground pork frozen raw pet food.
What to Do:
Consumers who have purchased affected product should discontinue use. For questions, consumers may contact the company at (360) 929-9808.
Source: FDA
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Voluntary Recall of Select Lots of Muse Wet Cat Food Due to Potential Contamination Brand Name: Purina Muse 
Recall Date: 3/29/2019
Product: MUSE IN GRAVY Natural Chicken Recipe in 3 oz. cans (UPC: 38100-17199)
Lot Number: 8094116210
Lot Number: 8094116209
Product: MUSE IN GRAVY 6-ct Mixed Variety Pack (UPC: 38100-17780)
Lot Number: 8094179001
*Only the Natural Chicken recipe is affected in these variety packs.*
Reason for Recall:
Purina is recalling a limited number of lots of MUSE IN GRAVY wet cat food out of an abundance of caution due to a pontential risk of their contaimination with rubber pieces. The product could contain rubber pieces that are translucent yellow with a blue backing, which may present a potential choking hazard.
What to Do:
You can identify the product by the UPC, production code and "Best By" date on the bottom of the can. If you purchased a variety pack, only the Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy cans are included in the recall.
Pet parents who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those product.
For any additional questions, you can contact a Purina representative at 1-800-982-3885.  
Source: FDA
]]> Alerts & Recalls recall Fri, 29 Mar 2019 19:25:54 +0000 38050 at
Hill's Pet Nutrition Expands Voluntary Recall of Select Canned Dog Food Due to Excessive Vitamin D Brand Name: Hill's Prescription Diet & Hill's Science Diet
Recall Date: 3/20/2019
In the United States, the affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide. No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected.
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet k/d Kidney Care with Lamb Canned Dog Food 13 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 2697)
Lot Number: 102020T25
Product: Hill's Science Diet i/d Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Vegetable Entree dog food 12.8 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 2975)
Lot Number: 092020T28
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew canned dog food 12.5 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 3384)
Lot Number: 092020T29
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew canned dog food 5.5 oz, 24-pack (SKU #: 3388)
Lot Number: 102020T18
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet i/d Digestive Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew canned dog food 12.5 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 3389)
Lot Number: 092020T28
Lot Number: 102020T24
Lot Number: 102020T25
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 5.5 oz, 24-pack (SKU #: 3391)
Lot Number: 092020T27
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet g/d Aging Care Turkey Flavor canned dog food 13 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 7006)
Lot Number: 092020T22
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet i/d Digestive Care with Turkey canned dog food 13 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 7008)
Lot Number: 092020T21
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet r/d Canine 13 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 7014)
Lot Number: 092020T28
Lot Number: 102020T27
Lot Number: 102020T28
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet w/d Digestive/Weight/Glucose Management with Chicken canned dog food 13 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 7017)
Lot Number: 102020T24
Lot Number: 102020T25
Lot Number: 112020T09
Lot Number: 112020T10
Product: Hill's Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Entree canned dog food 13 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 7037)
Lot Number: 092020T22
Product: Hill's Science Diet Adult Beef & Barley Entree canned dog food 13 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 7039)
Lot Number: 092020T31
Lot Number: 102020T21
Product: Hill's Science Diet Adult Chicken & Beef Entree canned dog food 13 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 7040)
Lot Number: 112020T10
Lot Number: 112020T11
Product: Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entree canned dog food 13 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 7056)
Lot Number: 102020T28
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet w/d Digestive/Weight/Glucose Management Vegetable & Chicken Stew canned dog food 12.5 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 10129)
Lot Number: 112020T11
Lot Number: 112020T05
Product: Hill's Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Digestive Care Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew canned dog food 12.5 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 10423)
Lot Number: 092020T27
Lot Number: 092020T28
Lot Number: 092020T24
Product: Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Spinach Stew dog food 12.5 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 10449)
Lot Number: 092020T28
Product: Hill's Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew canned dog food 12.5 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 10451)
Lot Number: 102020T28
Product: Hill's Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult 7+ Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew canned dog food 12.5 oz, 12-pack (SKU #: 10452)
Lot Number: 102020T28
Reason for Recall:
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is expanding their voluntarily recall of select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. 
While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding.
This voluntary recall only impacts canned dog food and primarily in the United States. It is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Impacted products outside of the United States will be subject to separate notices on the country-specific website. If you are outside of the United States, please check your own country’s Hill’s website for more information.
What to Do:
Pet parents who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately or return unopened product to your retailer for a refund. For more information, please contact Hill’s via our website or at 1-800-445-5777. 
For further information, please contact Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 9am-5pm (CST) or eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%63%6f%6e%74%61%63%74%75%73%40%68%69%6c%6c%73%70%65%74%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%63%6f%6e%74%61%63%74%75%73%40%68%69%6c%6c%73%70%65%74%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')).
Source: Hill's Pet Nutrition
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Stokes Healthcare Inc. Voluntarily Issues Nationwide Recall of Pilocarpine 0.1% Ophthalmic Solution due to High Level of Preservative Brand Name: Pilocarpine 0.1% Ophthalmic Solution
Recall Date: 3/13/2019
Product: Pilocarpine 0.1% Ophthalmic Solution
Lot Number: R180052
Expiration Date: February 17, 2019
The product is used to treat high intraocular pressure and is packaged in 10 milliliter droptainers.  It was distributed in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.
Reason for Recall:
Stokes Healthcare Inc. is voluntarily recalling 1 lot of 81 units of Pilocarpine 0.1% Ophthalmic Solution, to the consumer and veterinarian office levels. The ophthalmic solution has been found to contain a higher level of the preservative benzalkonium chloride than is typical.
Risk Statement: Use of this product potentially could result in irreversible dry eye syndrome due to the elevated concentration of preservative in these eye drops. Dry eye requires lifelong medical intervention and can lead to pain and blindness if left unmanaged. If your pet is displaying excessive blinking, swelling of the eye, eye discharge, or other signs of eye irritation, please contact your veterinarian. Stokes Healthcare has performed an extensive investigation into this event. To date, Stokes Healthcare Inc. has received 8 complaints of eye irritation, a common side effect of pilocarpine ophthalmic solution.
What to Do:
Stokes Healthcare Inc. is notifying its customers by letter and phone and is arranging for the return and replacement of all recalled products. Consumers and veterinarian offices that have the Pilocarpine 0.1% ophthalmic solution that is being recalled should stop using the product immediately and contact Stokes Healthcare Inc. to arrange for return and replacement.
Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Stokes Healthcare Inc. by phone at (856) 454-3368 or e-mail at Monday-Friday 9AM -7PM and Saturdays 9AM-1PM; Eastern Standard Time. Consumers should contact their pet’s veterinarian if their pet has experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.
The Center for Veterinary Medicine recommends calling the drug company to report adverse drug experiences or product defects for FDA-approved animal products. The drug company responsible for the approved product is required to submit these reports to FDA. Call (856) 454-3316.

If you prefer to report directly to the FDA, you can submit Form FDA 1932a by following the link to the form found at and following the instructions for emailing the completed form to FDA.
If you have a question about ADE reporting or need a paper copy of the form, contact CVM by email at or by phone at 1-888-FDA-VETS (1-888-332-8387).

Source: FDA
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Why Does My Cat Stare at Me? Do you ever wake up and find your cat lying on your chest, staring right into your eyes? Or maybe you feel those green eyes boring a hole into your back as you are working on your computer? What is your cat thinking about?
You have read that direct eye contact in the cat world is considered a threat, so you may be wondering, “What did I do?”
The answer may be nothing. There are several different scenarios that might involve cats staring at you—here’s how you can tell the difference.
Assess Your Cat’s Body Language
Eyes may be the window to the soul, but before you get too worried that your cat may be engineering your imminent demise, remember that cat communication involves more than just eye contact. Your first step is to read his body language—all the way from the eyes to the tip of the tail.
Happy Cat
When you find your cat staring at you, is he standing tall with a stiff stance with his tail down? The way in which your cat postures himself can say a lot about how they are feeling.
Two different body postures accompanied with a stare provides two different stories. If your cat is staring at you, blinking slowly while he is inches away from your face, this cat behavior is actually a sign of affection.
Blinking is a friendly gesture, so we can safely assume that when combined with loose, relaxed body language, your cat is telling you that he wants to be close to you and spend time with you.
Or, this could be his way of waking you up. Whether he wants his breakfast right away or wants you to get up and provide him with company, this body language is friendly and means he simply wants your attention.
Angry Cat
A loose, relaxed body language is not seen in cats that are about to attack. A cat that is upset will exhibit telltale signs, like pupil dilation, ears turned to the side, a stiffer body and an agitated tail that’s swishing side to side.
That body language, in addition to direct eye contact, is definitely a potential threat and a signal that your cat needs some space. In this case, the best thing to do is avert your eyes, distract your cat and redirect his attention to another activity to add some space between you and your cat.
You can make a slight knocking noise on your desk or toss a crumpled piece of paper or a pen across the room for your cat to chase.
Whether or not your cat engages in play, it helps break eye contact and defuse tension. When your cat appears calmer, engage him in an activity that he truly likes, such as chasing after a fishing pole toy or batting around his crinkle cat toy.
Scared Cat
If your cat is staring at you and he is crouched down with his tail tucked under his body, or if he is hiding behind a piece of furniture, this is an indication your cat is fearful.
Whatever you inadvertently did, such as jumping up and cheering when your football team scored a touchdown or accidentally tripping and dropping an item, you have spooked your cat. Sometimes it could be a noise that your cat heard outside your house.
In his mind, he is keeping an eye out for danger. He will stare at whoever may be closest, is making the loudest noise or is moving around. This would be a good time to take a few deep meditative breaths to calm yourself down.
While maintaining a good distance to not scare your cat further, grab some tasty cat treats, like the PureBites chicken freeze-dried cat treats or Life Essentials wild Alaskan salmon freeze-dried treats, and toss them towards your cat.
If he is a big fan of his treats, it would be really difficult for him to remain fearful and eat his favorite goodies. You can also try placing those treats in an cat interactive toy or feeding center, such as the KONG active treat ball cat toy or the Trixie activity fun board interactive cat toy. Working for his treats will help take his mind off whatever had previously scared him.
How Cats Learn to Get Your Attention
Cats can be very smart when it comes to learning ways to grab their owner’s attention. From the outright vocalizing to the more subtle cat stares, felines are no strangers when it comes to saying, “Hey! Look at me.”
I know that I always I talk to and pet my cats more when I see them looking at me. So, the cat staring in my case is my cat’s way of signaling their desire for me to engage with them.
Some cats have learned, just like some dogs have, to sit in front of their owners and stare to get their owners to feed them or play with them.
Staring may be rude in human society, but in the animal world, it conveys many different messages. Learn what your cat has to say to you to strengthen your bond with your cat.
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Why Does My Dog Stare at Me? As you go about your daily activities, you might notice your dog quietly staring at you. Your first instinct might be to feel self-conscious; is my hair hopelessly disheveled? Is there something stuck in my teeth?
But, rather than assuming the worst when the question, “Why does my dog stare at me?” runs through your head, rest assured that your dog’s stare is not a judgment of your personal appearance.
Dogs have developed a close, domesticated relationship with humans over thousands of years. This relationship has allowed dogs to become adept at observing and responding to human behavior.
In many instances, a stare is normal dog behavior that is used to communicate some type of emotion, want or need. If you catch your dog staring at you, it’s likely for one of the following reasons.
Anticipation or Desire
When you eat, is your dog staring up at you expectantly? If so, he’s just waiting for a morsel to drop to the floor or for you to simply place a morsel in his mouth.
Unfortunately, this dog behavior is often learned; if you give your dog a treat or other food when you eat, he’ll learn to anticipate that same reward anytime you eat.
Other than mealtime, your dog may stare at you because he wants to play or because the toy he’s playing with has gotten stuck under something, and he needs you to fish it out for him.
If your dog needs to relieve himself, he’ll be staring at you to communicate his need to go outside.
Wanting Direction
When your dog is well-trained, he will stare at you to wait for a cue. For example, if you’re going for a walk and approach a crosswalk, your dog may stare up at you to determine if he should sit or continue walking.
Your dog wants to please you, so his stare will serve as a question as to what he should do next to make you happy.
Showing Affection
A dog’s unconditional love is often irresistible. When a dog and pet parent have developed a close and emotional bond, the dog will sometimes use his stare to demonstrate affection.
With an affectionate stare, a dog will have a soft expression on his face with his eyes slightly squinted. In fact, research has shown that an affectionate stare between a dog and human raises levels of oxytocin, commonly called the “love hormone.”
Needing Protection
When a dog defecates, they may stare up at their pet parent. The pet parent may wonder, “Why on earth is my dog staring at me when he poops?”
Here’s the reason: When a dog is in position to defecate, he’s relatively defenseless. He will stare up at you when he’s pooping for reassurance that you will protect him while he’s in a vulnerable position.
Reading Facial Expressions
Dogs are excellent at reading and interpreting human facial expressions. Your dog might be staring at you to read your facial expression and determine what he should do next.
For example, if you have a worried expression on your face, your dog may decide to cuddle up next to you to try to comfort you.
Displaying Aggression
This is when dog staring behavior is a problem. If your dog is possessive of an object, such as his dog toys or dog bowl, he will give you a hard stare and growl as warnings to back off.
If your dog gives you this stare, slowly back away, and do not continue the stare.
Aggressive stares signal a behavioral problem. Seek consultation with your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist to correct this problem.
In general, dog stares are a good thing and communicate positive signals between dogs and people. If a dog’s stare takes a dark turn toward aggression, then it’s time to seek professional help from a veterinarian and dog behavior specialist.
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Terumo Medical Corporation/Terumo Medical Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Select List of Hypodermic Needles Brand Name: Terumo
Recall Date: 2/14/2019
Terumo Medical Corporation/Terumo Medical Canada Inc. has initiated a volintary recall of the following hypodermic needles:
Product: Terumo Needle - Aiguille 18G x 1" T.W.
Lot Number: 180714C
Product: Terumo Needle - Aiguille 18G x 1" T.W.
Lot Number: 180723C
Product: Terumo Needle - Aiguille 18G x 1" T.W.
Lot Number: 181011C
Product: Terumo Needle - Aiguille 21G x 1" T.W.
Lot Number: 180712C
Product: Terumo Neolus Needle 22G x 1
Lot Number: 181022C
Product: Terumo Needle - Aiguille 23G x 1" T.W.
Lot Number: 180811C
Product: Terumo Needle - Aiguille 23G x 1" T.W.
Lot Number: 180929C
Product: Terumo Needle - Aiguille 23G x 1" T.W.
Lot Number: 181013C
Product: Terumo Needle - Aiguille 23G x 1" T.W.
Lot Number: 181115C
Product: Terumo Needle - Aiguille 30G x 1/2" R.W.
Lot Number: 181005C
Product: Terumo Needle - Aiguille 30G x 1/2" R.W.
Lot Number: 181113C
Reason for Recall:
Terumo Medical Corporation/Terumo Medical Canada Inc. issued the recall as a precautionary measure due to a limited number of complaints about the loss of package integrity, which may compromise sterility of the product.
What to Do:
If you have purchased any of these products, cease their use immediately. Complete the Recall Acknowledgement Form (contained within the recall PDF) and use the ASD Healthcare's online Request a Return tool to begin the return process. 
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact ASD Healthcare's customer service at 1-800-746-6273.
Source: ASD Healthcare
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5 Reasons Why Dog Dental Care Is Important How would you feel if you never brushed your teeth? Constantly having lots of plaque and an unpleasant taste in your mouth would probably be more than you could tolerate. Your wallet probably wouldn't feel so good either after having to pay a hefty dentist bill to get your oral health back in good shape.
Now imagine what could happen to your dog's mouth without proper dog dental care. The simple answer is: dog dental disease.
Dental diseases in dogs are quite common. By age 3, over 80 percent of dogs have some form of dental disease, also known as periodontal disease. Dog dental disease has serious consequences, so maintaining good dog dental care is very important.
What Is Dental Disease?
Dental disease affects the teeth, gums and structures that support and surround a dog’s teeth. It begins with plaque buildup on the teeth. This plaque contains bacteria and food particles.
Plaque that stays on the teeth hardens into tartar. When tartar is above the gumline, it's easily visible, and your veterinarian can remove it relatively easily during a professional dental cleaning.
However, looks can be deceiving. A set of pearly whites doesn't necessarily mean that your dog's mouth is healthy. Tartar that makes its way below the gumline is the real problem.
Tartar below the gumline causes inflammation and not only damages the structures supporting the teeth but also causes infection. When dental disease reaches this stage, dogs can experience serious dental problems and pain.
Signs of dental disease in dogs include:

Broken teeth

Loose teeth

Bad breath

Painful and bleeding mouth

Refusal or inability to eat and drink


Why Dog Dental Care Is Important
As a pet parent, you certainly want your dog to have a healthy mouth. Below are five reasons why good dental care for dogs is so critical to your dog’s overall health:

Preventing tooth loss. When the structures supporting a dog’s teeth become damaged or infected, the teeth loosen and fall out. Good dog dental care will ensure that those teeth-supporting structures stay healthy and keep the teeth in place.

Preventing bad breath (halitosis). If a whiff of your dog's breath makes your nose hairs curl, it's time for some good dental care. When your dog has a healthy mouth and healthy dog teeth, bad breath won't be a problem.

Preventing oral pain. Dental disease, especially when it's severe, can be quite painful for dogs. Keeping your dog's teeth and gums healthy will help prevent oral pain.

Preventing organ damage. Bacteria in the plaque can enter the bloodstream and spread to the heart, kidneys and liver. This spread of bacteria, called bacteremia, can damage organs and make dogs quite sick. Good oral health will help prevent bacteremia and subsequent organ damage.

Preventing worsening dental disease. Because so many dogs have dental disease by the time they're 3 years old, it can be difficult to prevent it from developing in the first place. However, good dog dental care can prevent dental disease from becoming severe and causing problems throughout the body.

How Can I Get Plaque Off My Dog's Teeth?
Dental care for dogs includes not only annual professional dental cleanings done at a veterinarian’s office but also regular at-home dental care. Here are a few things you can do at home to help maintain healthy dog teeth:

Brush your dog's teeth. Brushing your dog's teeth a few days a week is a great way to maintain good oral health. Use a safe dog toothpaste like Sentry Petrodex veterinary strength enzymatic dog toothpaste.

Give your dog dental treats. Not all dogs like their teeth being brushed. If this is your dog, try some dog dental treats, such as Zuke's Z-Bone dental dog treats or WHIMZEES alligator dental dog treats.

Provide your dog with dental toys. Some dog toys, such as the Nylabone Durachew dental chew dinosaur dog toy, are designed to clean a dog's teeth and even freshen breath. These toys are durable, so your dog can chew on it to their heart's content.

Professional dog teeth cleanings require general anesthesia to allow your veterinarian to clean above and below the gumline and ensure that your dog's entire mouth is cleaned. So, talk with your veterinarian to figure out the best schedule and options for your dog’s dental care routine.
Although dental disease is common in dogs, proper dog dental care can keep a dog's mouth as healthy as possible.
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Family Warns Small Dog Owners of Hawks After Yorkie Was Snatched Image via Krzeslak
Dog owner Cecilia Celis is warning pet parents of the threat of hawks after her 2-pound Yorkie, Lulu, was snatched by a large bird outside their home in Nevada.
"We just hear them barking and crying," Celis tells ABC 13. "So we are like, 'Oh, they're just play fighting.' And a second later I just look outside. We see a huge the wing, like, fly up. So I run up and I yell at the bird, I'm like, 'Get off my dog! Get off!'"
Celis fought for her dog’s life. The outlet reports that Celis grabbed a pillow, and according to the outlet, “The bird finally let go after three hits.”
The family’s surveillance camera caught the whole thing on tape.

Video via ABC 13
Immediately after the incident, Celis brought Lulu to the veterinarian--who confirmed that Lulu was not injured.
“I thought she was going to die or something because that’s a big bird compared to her,” Celis tells the outlet. “We were lucky.”
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Auto-Tuned Cat Is the Mixtape Drop We’ve All Been Waiting For Image via Twitter/Joaquin Baldwin
If you are a cat owner, you know that sometimes cats have a lot of opinions. And cats don’t normally keep them to themselves. They like to share them in a not-so-symphonic manner that ends up being more like a barrage of impressively varied “meows.”
One man, Joaquin Baldwin, decided to share his cat’s decidedly unmelodious gifts—but with a twist. He used an auto-tune app to give his feline friend, Elton, a new, more hip sound.
And let’s just say, once this video hit the internet, Elton’s career went from zero to a hundred real quick.
Twitter users are even creating their own song remixes of Elton’s auto-tuned meows.
Keep up the good work Elton, and don’t be selfish with your gift. Share it with the world!
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Missing Dog Found 175 Miles Away After 8 Months Image via Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills/Facebook
Kaiser, a 5-year-old King Shepherd, was found 175 miles away from his Massachusetts residence eight months after he jumped his family’s 6-foot fence while a woman was dog sitting him, according to USA TODAY.
The Woollacott family never gave up hope, though. “I spent like three or four weeks just putting 1,500 miles on my car. Every day. He’d been seen around here for like a month, and then at Mt. Watatic about a half-hour from my house, then up in Greenville, New Hampshire, 12 hours later,” Tom Woollacott tells Bangor Daily News. “Then he was seen in Pepperell [Massachusetts]. I talked to a lady who had walked into her horse barn. She said, ‘I thought it was a wolf.’ But by the time I got there, he was gone.”
Woollacott even used a drone to search for Kaiser, but to with no success.
After being fed by a woman in Bethel, Massachusetts, for three weeks, Kaiser was brought to the Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills in South Paris, a no-kill shelter. The shelter posted Kaiser’s photo on Facebook and received a ton of reactions.
The woman who was dog sitting Kaiser was contacted through the grapevine and sent in pictures to the shelter. Although Kaiser looked different than the photos at the time, the shelter staff knew it was him.
“It was funny. We said, ‘It’s not the same dog. The pictures don’t even look the same.’ … When I went out to the intake area, I was like, ‘Hey, Grizz,’ and he kept his head down. Then I said, ‘Kaiser,’ and he just looked me dead in the eye. I went to the office and said, ‘I think that’s him,’” board member and volunteer Morgan Miles tells Bangor Daily News.
Woollacott called the shelter that week and recalled “pretty much every lump and bump” on his dog, Miles tells the outlet. Woollacott drove through the snow the next day to retrieve his dog.
“He clearly is the only one who knows truly what happened,” Miles tells Bangor Daily News. “Somebody could have picked him up or he could easily have traveled that distance himself over eight months. Honestly, I think he meandered all the way by himself.”
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CDC Warns of Spike in Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer, Elk and Moose Image via
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been monitoring a spike in the number of documented cases of a rare disease found in deer, moose and elk.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD)—dubbed “zombie deer disease” by the media—had been documented in 251 counties in 24 US states as of January 2019.

Image via CDC
According to the CDC, CWD “is a prion disease that affects deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer and moose. It has been found in some areas of North America, including Canada and the United States, Norway and South Korea.”
Chronic wasting disease is being called “zombie deer disease” because it affects the brains of the animals. The CDC says that chronic wasting disease symptoms can include “drastic weight loss (wasting), stumbling, listlessness and other neurologic symptoms.”
Currently, there are no treatments or vaccines for the disease, which means that it is fatal once contracted.
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If You’re a Dog Owner in Michigan, You Need a Dog License Image via
Michigan law states that “every owned dog must have a dog license to the county you live in,” according to WILX 10.
The purpose of a dog license if to let everyone know that your dog is updated on their rabies vaccination, and it “enables Animal control officers to return your dog quickly if found,” according to the Ottawa County website.
“A dog license could be the difference between your dog being lost permanently or brought home by an animal control officer if it was to get out,” Kate Turner from Ingham County Animal Control tells WILX 10.
If a Michigan resident is caught without having a dog license, they may be given a citation with a fee they must pay.
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One of the Last Animal Testing Sites in the Country Is Being Investigated Image via
The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center—one of the last sites in the country still performing tests on dogs—is being investigated at the request of lawmakers.
The investigation is exploring whether the medical center for veterans performed taxpayer-funded animal testing without the approval by the former VA secretary, which is required by law.
According to Fox 8, a new shipment of dogs are expected to arrive at the facility for testing next week.
"It's 2019 and there has got to be a better way to conduct this type of research that doesn't involve experimentation on animals that causes significant pain and distress but that also helps our veterans the way our veterans deserve to be helped," Sharon Harvey, the CEO of the Cleveland Animal Protective League, tells the outlet.
According to Fox 8, the agency claims that they have developed devices that can restore effective breathing and coughing to veterans living with spinal cord injuries with the help of canine testing.
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National Weather Service of Cleveland Issues Unofficial “Small Dog Warning” Wind Advisory Image via
On Feb. 12, a wind advisory was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for the Ohio counties of Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, Erie, Hancock, Seneca and Huron. The NWS cautioned the public that winds could reach gusts of up to 40-50 mph.
According to WTOL 11, the advisory warned that the strong winds could cause “power outages and property damage and could make driving with high-profile vehicles difficult.”
The NWS Cleveland’s Twitter account had an additional warning for the public with their wind advisory statement. They cautioned owners of small dogs to stay safe with the exclamation, “Hold on to your pooch!”
The unofficial “Small Dog Warning” wind advisory may seem silly, but it also something that most pet owners may not have thought about.
So, if you are experiencing particularly high winds, you should probably hold on to your pooch!
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“Horse Barber” Turns Horses’ Coats Into Works of Art Image via Facebook/The Horse Barber – Global Equine Clipping Education
One woman is turning horses into her own creative canvases.
Melody Hames, a United Kingdom resident and horse owner, has taken the internet by storm with her elaborate horse clipping designs.
She started out clipping her own horse—who had Cushing’s disease and required frequent coat care—and then began clipping her friends’ horses.
Then one day, one of her clients requested a creative clipping design for their horse. Hames tells CNN, “I had never done it before but I've got the attitude of just saying yes and worrying later. So we did it and she put it online.”
Once it hit the internet, more and more people began requesting unique clipping patterns for their horses. Hames was scouted by American clipping company Andis to come to the US and showcase her skills.
Now her business, “The Horse Barber,” has become a leader of education in the horse clipping world, and she is considered to be the UK’s first Horse Clipping Educator.
You can follow her on Instagram or Facebook to see some of her amazing work.
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